Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Misdiagnosis

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The final article in The Safety Report’s Spring 2012 issue is “A Story of Disfigurement and Deception”. It recounted a Colorado medical malpractice case in which a young woman was misdiagnosed with breast cancer by pathologists, recommended to undergo immediate removal of both breasts by her surgeon, and post-removal informed by other reviewing doctors that she never had cancer. Id. at 62.

“That is when [the patient] learned for the first time that she had been the victim of medical malpractice and a victim of the ‘code of silence,’ which dominates the medical community.” Id. Such professional negligence likewise may constitute medical malpractice under Virginia law.